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Poster: ducats Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

this is amazing - I stumped myself

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 7, 2008 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the lightest Jerry lines

"I'm gonna Steal Your Wife!!!"

It's time to watch this again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbfjnUlhVc4&;feature=related

My Oh My Oh My !!!

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 7, 2008 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

not sure if this is the "darkest" but i found it haunting.

"phantom ships, with phantom sails, set to sea on phantom tides"

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Poster: paulypecker Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

Standing On The Moon
I got no cobweb on my shoe
Standing on the moon
I'm feeling so alone and blue
I see the Gulf of Mexico
As tiny as a tear
The coast of California
Must be somewhere over here

Standing on the moon
I see the battle rage below
Standing on the moon
I see the soldiers come and go
There's a metal flag beside me
Someone planted long ago
Old Glory standing stiffly
Crimson, white, and indigo

I see all of Southeast Asia
I can see El Salvador
I hear the cries of children
And the other songs of war
It's like a mighty melody
That rings down from the sky
Standing here upon the moon
I watch it all roll by
All roll by

Standing on the moon
With nothing else to do
A lovely view of heaven
But I'd rather be with you

Standing on the moon
I see a shadow on the sun
Standing on the moon
The stars go fading one by one
I hear a cry of victory
And another of defeat
A scrap of age-old lullaby
Down some forgotten street

Standing on the moon
Where talk is cheap and vision true
Standing on the moon
But I would rather be with you
Somewhere in San Francisco
On a back porch in July
Just looking up to heaven
At this crescent in the sky

Standing on the moon
With nothing left to do
A lovely view of heaven
But I'd rather be with you
Be with you


Not the darkest, but you can just feel the loneliness and isolation ringing through. How much more alone can you get?
Just try to imagine yourself there, maybe for eternity.

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Poster: gphishmon Date: Nov 7, 2008 8:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

How about Black, Muddy River

When the last rose of summer pricks my finger,
And the hot sun chills me to the bone.
When I can't tell the song for the singer
And I can't tell my pillow from a stone

I will walk along the black, muddy river
And sing me a song of my own.
I will walk along the black, muddy river
And sing me a song of my own.

....

{and even darker}

When it seems like this night will last forever,
And there's nothing left to do but count the years,
When the strings of my heart start to sever,
And stones fall from my eyes instead of tears,

I will walk along the black, muddy river
And dream me a dream of my own.
I will walk along the black, muddy river
And sing me a song of my own.

Black, muddy river
Roll on forever
I don't care how deep or wide
If you've got another side ...

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Nov 7, 2008 4:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: As dark as it gets - MASONS

Always a lot of talk about how Mason's was Satanic and thats why they never released it. Shure makes you wonder after you read it. "With fires tall and bright"!!

AS DARK AS THE DEAD EVER GOT!!!!!!!


Mason died on Monday
We bricked him in the wall
All his children grew and grew
They never grew so tall before
They may never grow so tall again

We dug him up on Tuesday
He'd hardly aged a day
Taught us all we ever knew
We never knew so much before
We may never know so much again

Mason was a mighty man
A mighty man was he
All he said: when I'm dead and gone
don't you weep for me

The wall collapsed on Wednesday
We chalked it up to fate
All his children ran and hid
We never hid so well before
Swore we'd never show our face again

Thursday came and Friday
with fires tall and bright
Mason's children cooked the stew
and cleaned up when the feast was through
Swore we'd never had such times before

Take me to the Reaper Man
to pay back what was loaned
If he's in some other land
write it off as stoned

Mason was a mighty man
A mighty man was he
All he said: when I'm dead and gone
don't you weep for me

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: As dark as it gets - MASONS

It is probably just my imagination but this song gives me the creeps (or creepy crawlies) for one reason: it reminds me of the Manson Family. It is probably sheer coincidence that it first came out in December 1969, a couple of weeks after a Manson family member began testifying in front of a California grand jury about her part in the Manson Family murders, and life as one of Manson's children and only a couple of weeks after Charlie Manson was revealed as the main suspect of a hippie murder cult. Probably a coincidence that Mason and Manson differ by only one letter. Very strange.

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Poster: sambonk2 Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

patience runs out on the junkie..
the Dark Star harls another soul
did he steal his fate or earn it..
was he force feed..did he learn it

pretty crazy

I wonder who Weirs talking about(wink)

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Poster: sambonk2 Date: Nov 7, 2008 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

I know that the last post was a weir tune....first thing that came to mind

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Nov 7, 2008 7:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

"the Dark Star harls another soul"?

I think it should be...
"the dark side hires another soul"

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Poster: sambonk2 Date: Nov 7, 2008 7:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

Thanks for the correction!!!

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Poster: K-Wave Date: Nov 7, 2008 9:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Fever roll up...gonna roll back down

I think I really only got this line until recently. I suppose it's kind of obvious, but I never took the back half about "rolling back down" to mean "all the way down to room temperature" until the last 5-6 years. I had always always thought it was simply fever ebbing and flowing; seeing death up close clarified the line, however.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

"Now I don't know but I been told
in the heat of the sun a man died of cold"

I've read varying accounts of the origin of this line, with a few going as far back as Chaucer. Regardless, I'd have to say given the context of the song it is rather grim. 'Course, Black Peter, Wharf Rat and many others supply equally grim references.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

"The people might know
but the people don't care
that a man could be as poor as me
Take a look at poor Peter
he's lying in pain
Now let's go run and see."

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 7, 2008 7:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

Yep, I'm with you, GC, & SDH, BP probably has to be at the top. The way he sings it helps immensely...

Good call.

Now, as I was saying, if the Germans had allowed a less intrusive government control of the market, one can see that Stalingrad would have been...oh, nevermind.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

Sounds like Ol' Peter was hit by a bus in NYC.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

Been walking all morning
Went walking all night
I can't see much difference between the dark and the light
And I feel the wind
And I taste the rain
Never in my mind
to cause so much pain

From day to day
just letting it ride
you get so far away
from how it feels inside
You can't let go
cause you're afraid to fall
till the day may come
when you can't feel at all

************************************************************

There were days
and there were days
and there were days besides
when phantom ships with phantom sails
set to sea on phantom tides
Comes the lightning of the sun
on bright unfocused eyes
the blue of yet another day
a springtime wet with sighs
a hopeful candle lingers
in the land of lullabies
where headless horsemen vanish
with wild and lonely cries lonely cries

************************************************************

When it seems like the night will last forever
And there's nothing left to do but count the years
When the strings of my heart start to sever
And stones fall from my eyes instead of tears

************************************************************

When all the cards are down
there's nothing left to see
There's just the pavement left
and broken dreams
In the end there's still that song
comes crying like the wind
down every lonely street
that's ever been

************************************************************

In the book of love's own dream
Where all the print is blood
Where all the pages are my days
And all my lights grow old

************************************************************


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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 7, 2008 8:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

"There's nothing you can hold for very long..."


That line always chills me out.

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Poster: K-Wave Date: Nov 7, 2008 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

Agreed. Nothing you can hold...

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Poster: Edsel Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

"I was laying in my bed and dying"

how much darker can it get ?

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Poster: Morning Dewd Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

"The other day I went to Mars and talked to God
And he told me to tell you to hang tight and don't worry
The solution to everything is death"

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Poster: Bob Gnarley Date: Nov 7, 2008 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

That is pretty creepy.
Not sure if you'd call it dark, but definitely WEIRD.

I still think they should have released that with the AOXOMOXOA reissue.

http://ia301129.us.archive.org/0/items/gd69-xx-xx.sbd.dodd.16760.sbeok.shnf/GD-Aoxomoxoa-outtakes-69-t03_vbr.mp3

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 7, 2008 7:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

My thoughts almost exactly - that line right after "All of my friends came to see me last night" is about as dark as it gets.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Nov 7, 2008 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

i will not forgive you if you will not take the chance always struck me as being very cold. the entire tune 'days between'is dark and mean

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Poster: sambonk2 Date: Nov 7, 2008 7:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

And lastly..

China doll

A pistol shot, at five oclock, the bells of heaven ring,
Tell me what you done it for, no I wont tell you a thing

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Poster: sambonk2 Date: Nov 7, 2008 7:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

High Time

Nothing's for certain, it could always go wrong,
Come in when it's raining, go on out when it's gone.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Nov 7, 2008 10:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

"The day may come when you can't feel at all"

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Poster: ducats Date: Nov 7, 2008 12:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

all great reads-thx, however........ I was thinking more about the blues - pain while living, not words about (Black Peter) death. I would have listed the Stella line if it was what I thought it was for my first decade or so on the bus, that is, "there's nothing you can hope for very long" - and being the hypocrite that I am I'll add that our Pres elect should think about that.

As always the poet comes to mind, but I think Jer may have added the nec soul to make the words ring true;

"Aint it just like the night to play tricks on you when your trying to be so quiet" Jer sings it from his soul on that next to last night in Chicago.

There has to be a few Jer/Hunter ones we're missing, or I was on the wrong bus!!


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Poster: fireeagle Date: Nov 7, 2008 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

dakest lines ever (not garcia/hunter)

The warden led the prisoner
Down the hallway to his doom
I stood up to say goodbye like all the rest

And I heard him tell the warden
Just before they reached my cell
Let my guitar-playin' friend sing my request

Chorus Sing me back home
A song I used to hear
Make my old memories
Come alive

Sing me away
Turn back the years
Sing me back home
Before I die

I recall last Sunday morning
When a choir from off the street
Came in to sing a few old gospel songs

And I heard him tell the singers
There's a song my mama sang
Could I hear it once before you travel on

The warden led the prisoner
Down the hallway to his doom
I stood up to say goodbye like all the rest

And I heard him tell the warden
Just before they reached my cell
Let my guitar playin' friend sing my request

Let him
Chorus
Sing me back home
Before I die

(merle haggard)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-26.sbd.hollister.12758.sbeok.shnf


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Poster: barongsong Date: Nov 7, 2008 2:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

This song Might fit the bill
Beilive it Or Not
One or two moments
a piece of your time
is all I am asking
and I'll give you mine
One or two moments
out of all you have got
to show how I love you
believe it or not

Remember the day
I rolled into town
with my heart in my shoes,
my head hanging down?
Now my only trouble
the rest I forgot
is to show how I love you
believe it or not

Done time in the lockup
Done time in the street
Done time on the upswing
and time in defeat
I know what I'm asking
and I know it's a lot
when I say that I love you
believe it or not

I know I'm no angel
my prospects are high
as the floodline in summer
when the river's gone dry
but I'll roll up my shirtsleeves
and make my best shot
to show how I love you
believe it or not

Right now while the sun shines
on the crest of the hill
with a breeze in the pines
and a grey whipoorwill
making music together
that guitars never caught
[in a world time forgot]--alternate line
let me show how I love you
believe it or not

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Poster: ducats Date: Nov 7, 2008 2:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

I just listened to 9/9/88 - pretty good, except for Jer skipping the 2nd verse and singing the last one twice as only he can

I wonder why it was dropped so quick?

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Poster: barongsong Date: Nov 8, 2008 3:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

I read somewhere and I think it was Hunter who might have said that it was emotionally to hard for Jerry to sing or something to that effect. I'll have to find that interview again.

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Poster: ducats Date: Nov 7, 2008 2:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

great words - I know I saw at least one of those 6 88 shows.

will have to go give it a listen

thnx for the post

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Poster: rastamon Date: Nov 7, 2008 2:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

is heartbreak dark?

Here beside him stands a man
a soldier by the looks of him
who came through many fights
but lost at love.....

...Since the end is never told
we pay the teller off in gold
in hopes he will come back
but he cannot be bought or sold

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 7, 2008 8:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

if that's what you're looking for, these have always hit me in the category of a life "unfulfilled":

All the things I planned to do
I only did half way

Can't win for trying

Half of my life
I spent doin' time for
some other fucker's crime

and Jer should have covered this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK-QIDzTdso&;feature=related

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Poster: kochman Date: Nov 7, 2008 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

Days Between folks...

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Nov 7, 2008 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing the blues...the darkest Jerry lines

here's one!!! like i told you what i said STEAL YOUR FACE RIGHT OFF YOUR HEAD!!!! now he's gone!!! lord he;s gone!!!!!! :) also this line from the same song LOST ONE ROUND BUT THE PRICE WASNT ANYTHING, KNIFE IN A BACK AND MORE OF THE SAME. SAME OLD RAT IN A DRAIN DITCH!!!! see nobody likes a rat!!!lol!! peace